Northern Ireland Strategic Migration Partnership

Employers must ensure that they are up to date on employment regulations in order to safeguard themselves from illegal employment practices, to protect the rights of workers and employees, and to promote the best working environment possible for all involved.

Where to find advice and guidance for employers

The Labour Relations Agency provides an impartial and confidential employment relations service, including the provision of advice on good employment practices and assistance with the development and implementation of employment policies and procedures.

The Equality Commission provides advice, support and guidance to businesses on employment and equality legislation

The Department of Employment and Learning has published guidance to help agency workers, hirers of agency workers and the recruitment sector to understand the Agency Workers Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2011, and the implications and responsibilities for all involved.

NI Direct  also provide easy to understand information on the employment rights of agency workers and guidance for hirers and recruitment agencies.

The Gangmasters Licensing Authority provides information and guidance on the licensing required for gangmasters, employment agencies and labour providers who provide workers to businesses working within the fresh produce supply chain.

• NI Direct has information on how to spot the signs of trafficking and where to report suspected trafficking crimes.


Supporting migrant workers in the workplace

• The Equality Commission has produced a good practice guide for employers on recruiting migrant workers 

Business in the Community provides a wide range of services and practical guidance that help businesses review and improve their employment practices.

Northern Ireland Strategic Migration Partnership